Retired Members Conference 2023 Reports

Below you will find reports from Retired Members Conference 2023, from our Branch’s delegation. UNISON Retired Members National Conference took place in Edinburgh this year, on 3 – 4 October. Around 500 delegates attended, with 30 branch delegates from the West Midlands branches, and five other West Midlands members there in different capacity. So our […]

Retired Members Newsletter – Autumn 2023

The Retired Members Autumn newsletter is out now. Featuring these items: The fight goes on for WASPI women Rail ticket offices – a victory for ‘people power’ Members join fight to defend Birmingham Council services Palestine: it is time to resolve the conflict Edinburgh ’23 Reports from Retired Members Conference In fields near us… The […]

Unite in Solidarity: Joint Union Rally on September 25th

Dear Birmingham Unison Members, I trust this message finds you well. As you know, Birmingham City Council is facing unprecedented challenges, including Tory government commissioners taking over for up to 5 years. This could result in a fire sale of valuable assets, including iconic institutions like the Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Museum and Art […]

UNISON urges government to make schools safe now

Scores of schools that could be at risk of collapse have been warned to be ready for the possibility that they could have to close part or all of their buildings within days, according to reports in the Mirror. The affected schools were built with “crumbly” reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) from the 1960s to […]

Retired Members Newsletter – Summer 2023

The Retired Members Summer newsletter is out now. Featuring these items: Keep rail ticket offices open! Defend the Triple Lock Off to Chester A sunny day out at Winterbourne Gardens Coming up – diary dates Retired Members Conference 2023 Understanding the power of attorney  Staying cool: top tips Quiz time Did you know? And MORE! […]

Government must raise ‘out-of-date’ mileage rates for struggling public service staff, says UNISON.

Mileage rates are woefully out of date. Research shows that the ‘mileage gap’ is costing NHS, social care, police and local government employees up to £6,000 a year Out-of-date mileage rates are leaving frontline workers out of pocket, with some of the lowest-paid workers losing up to £6,000 a year, UNISON can reveal. Using UNISON […]

Archbishops must honour real living wage pledge for church school staff, says UNISON

UNISON writes to Church of England and Catholic Church urging them to practice what they preach on fair pay. Staff in church schools face a bleak Christmas unless archbishops act urgently on pay, says UNISON today (Friday).  The union has written to the heads of the Church of England and Catholic Church urging them to honour their promises to pay […]

Stars in our Schools coverage

It’s been great to see all the social media posts this week – and especially today – about Stars events being held around the UK, and supportive messages from MPs, councillors and other organisations. Thanks very much for all the work that has been put in to organising these. As you know as well the […]

Ventilation in Schools England (for information)

The DfE have today (24th |November) announced more c02 monitors for schools in England  (so one for every classroom instead of sharing one between two) and are reopening bids for of hepa air filters. The criteria being used by the DfE for hepa filters  is however, again based on Co2 readings  “consistently above 1500 ppm” […]

Retired Members Conference Reports

Four members of Birmingham UNISON Retired Members SOG attended this year’s National Retired Members Conference in Telford in October. The members – Liz Hobbs, Maureen Wade, Brian Allbutt and Eleanor Dixon – listened to a wide range of debates, from the cost-of-living crisis through to the problems in the social care sector. The Birmingham Branch […]